Kaitlin McCormick is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American Art and Curation at YUAG and the Department of the History of Art. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, McCormick has an MA in Art History from Carleton University (Ottawa), and a PhD in Canadian Studies from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Before coming to Yale, McCormick completed two years of postdoctoral training in Anthropology and Museum Studies at Brown University. At Yale, she is supporting the student-curated exhibition of Native American Art (YUAG 2019), and teaching “Native North American Art” (Spring 2019).
McCormick is a settler, interdisciplinary researcher who draws from the literatures and methods of art history, anthropology, history, and Indigenous studies. She specializes in the artistic expressions of artists from the Northwest Coast of North America, and the various “cultures of collection” in this region in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In her research, teaching, curatorial work, and writing, McCormick is committed to better understanding the ways that Indigenous and non-Indigenous people documented and interpreted their experiences with each other.